Pep Guardiola will be boosted by the return of Sergio Aguero for Manchester City’s Premier League visit to West Ham on Wednesday.
The striker missed Saturday’s 3-0 FA Cup win at Crystal Palace due to a “small problem” sustained against Tottenham, but Guardiola confirmed on Tuesday that Aguero is available for the trip to London Stadium.
“He’s trained with the team. He is ready,” Guardiola said in his media conference.
Guardiola will also welcome midfielder Fernandinho back into the squad, the Brazilian having served a four-match ban for his red card against Burnley – his third dismissal in the space of six matches.
“He’s so important, we play a lot of games without him. I am happy he’s back. He’s important for us,” Guardiola said.
“The idea is the same with him in the side. He’s not aggressive. He’s a tough intense player like English football is. He is one of the nicest guys I’ve met.
“What happened against Chelsea we have talked a lot about.
“What happened after happens many, many times. We accept the ban, don’t complain, but he’s not aggressive, he’s honest.”
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Guardiola also rejected any notion of City seeking any new arrivals as the January transfer deadline approaches.
Gabriel Jesus represents the club’s sole signing of the mid-season window – the Brazil international joining from Palmeiras for a reported initial fee of £27million in a deal that was announced back in August.
But Guardiola was unequivocal when asked if he would be looking to make any further additions.
“No. We have enough players. Good players,” he said.
“The window is important for the club, players. Every weekend I am so sad because I have to leave three players at home.
“While this happens why should we buy. If players leave, maybe. I’m happy.”
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